After the success of the BMW 3 Series in the 1980's, BMW expanded its manufacturing capacity. In 1982, after an extensive selection procedure, the decision was made to open a plant in Regensburg.
The Regensburg plant began producing automobiles in 1986, first beginning with vehicle assembly. Its paintwork shop began operations in 1987; chassis construction followed in 1990. The plant was completed in 1997 with the press shop. Some 9,000 employees (incl. Wackersdorf) manufactured circa 260,000 BMW automobiles in 2011: BMW 1 and 3 Series (Sedan, Coupé, Convertible), M3 models (Sedan, Coupé, Convertible), BMW Z4 Roadster and 4-Wheel-Drive and individual variants. BMW 3 Series Coupés and Convertibles as well as M3 variants and BMW Z4 are manufactured exclusively in Regensburg. Since production begin, over 4 million vehicles have been delivered to customers throughout the world.
The door and lid center in Regensburg also supplies chassis parts for BMW 1 and 3 Series production not only in the BMW plant Regensburg but also in the plants Leipzig, Munich and Rosslyn, South Africa.
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